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Institute for International Health and Development - Staff Profiles

Professor Barbara McPake, Research Director for ReBUILD, IIHD

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Areas of interest

  • Economics of health systems
  • Health financing policy and equity
  • Human resources for health
  • Contracts involving the public health sector
  • Hospital reform
  • ARV treatment programmes and health systems


Barbara McPake is a health economist specialising in health policy and health systems research. She has 25 years experience in these areas based in three UK university departments. She was the Director at the Institute for International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (until her appointment as Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2014). She is one of two Research Directors of ‘REBUILD’ a UK Department for International Development funded Research Programme Consortium on health systems development.

Barbara was formerly (2001-6) Programme Director, Health Systems Development Knowledge Programme (also funded by DFID). She has extensive research degree supervision and other postgraduate teaching experience and extensive international experience in health systems research and policy analysis and advice to UN agencies and low and middle income country governments.

Recent publications

Ssengooba, F, McPake, B., and Palmer, N. (2012) Why performance-based contracting failed in Uganda: An ‘open box’ evaluation of a complex health system intervention, Social Science and Medicine.

Rahman, S.A., Kielmann, T., McPake B. and Normand C. (2012) Healthcare-seeking Behaviour among the Tribal People of Bangladesh: Can the Current Health System Really Meet Their Needs?  Journal of Health Population and Nutrition, 30 (3).

Kapilashrami, A. and McPake, B. (2012) Transforming governance or reinforcing hierarchies and competition: examining the public and hidden transcripts of the Global Fund and HIV in India, Health Policy and Planning

Brown, A., Cometto, G., Cumbi, A., de Pinho, H., Kamwendo, F., Lehman, U., McCourt, W., McPake, B., Pariyo, G. and Sanders, D. (2011) Mid-level providers: a promising resource: Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica, 28, 2: 308-15

McPake, B. and Koblinsky, M. (2009) Improving maternal survival in South Asia: What can we learn from the case studies? Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 27, 2: 93-107

Hanson, K. and McPake, B. (2009) How to … Design a discrete choice experiment for application in a low-income country, Health Policy and Planning 2009; 24(2):151-8

Buchan, J. and McPake, B. (2009) Does a code make a difference? Assessing the English code of practice on international recruitment, Human Resources for Health 7 :33

Hamada, N., Maben, J., McPake, B., and Hanson, K. (2009) International flow of Zambian nurses, HumanResources for Health, 7: 83

Balabanova, D., McPake, B., Poletti, T., Vyas, S., Ghazaryan, O., Yanni, M.K. (2009) Equity in community health insurance schemes: Evidence and lessons from Armenia, Health Policy and Planning 24(3):209-16

McPake, B. (2009) Hospital policy in sub-Saharan Africa and post-colonial development impasse, Social History of Medicine 22,2: 341-360

Russo, G. and McPake, B. (2009) Medicine prices in urban Mozambique. A public health and economic study of pharmaceutical markets and price determinants in low-income settings, Health Policy and Planning 25, 1: 70-84

Oulton, J., McPake, B., Buchan, J. (2009) Removing user fees? Engage the health workforce (correspondence), The Lancet.

Oliveira-Cruz, V. and McPake, B. (2010) The aid contract and its compensation scheme: A case study of the Ugandan health sector, Social Science and Medicine, 71, 7.

Logie, D., Rowson, M., Mugisha, N., and McPake B. (2010) Affordable primary health care in low income countries: can it be achieved? African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine, 2,1, 3pp

Oulton, J., McPake, B. and Buchan, J. (2010) Increasing access to ‘free’ health services: are health workers not a missing link? International Journal of Clinical Practice (pre-published version: 3 NOV 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2010.02446.x)

McPake, B., Hongoro, C. and Russo, G. (2011) Two-tier charging in Maputo Central Hospital: Costs, revenues and effects on equity of access to hospital services, BMC Health Services Research, 11:143, doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-143

Oliveira Cruz, V. and McPake, B. (2011) Global health initiatives and aid effectiveness: insights from a Ugandan case study, Globalisation and Health

McPake, B., Brikci, N., Cometto, G., Schmidt, A. and Araujo, E. (2011) Removing user fees: learning from international experience to support the process, Health Policy and Planning






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